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Felted Sweater Potholder 

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Felted Sweater Potholder 

Written By: Tiffany Threadgould 



Detergent (1) 

Old wool sweater (2) 

• Dryer m 

Embroidery floss (1) 

Fabric scissors (1) 

Ruler (1) 

Sewinq needle (1) 

Straiaht pins (1) 

Washing machine (1) 


Agitating wool in water causes the fibers to bind onto each other and shrink. The great news 
is that this binding action creates a dense, soft material whose raw edges won't fray. This is 
known as felting. 

The next time your favorite wool sweater accidentally slips into the wash and shrinks to 
oblivion, take another look. See it as raw material for your next craft project. You might even 
start shrinking sweaters on purpose. 

Wool is a natural fire retardant, so it works well as a potholder. That doesn't mean you 
should put it directly on a flaming stove, but it will resist fire better than cotton or polyester. 

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Felted Sweater Potholder 

Step 1 — Felt your sweaters. 

• Put your sweater in the washing 
machine on the hottest setting. Add 
a small amount of detergent, and 

• Then dry on the hottest setting. 

Step 2 — Cut your pieces. 

• Cut a 7" square from each sweater. 

• Round the corners. 

• Then cut a third piece 4"* 3 A". This will become the hang tab. 

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Felted Sweater Potholder 

Step 3 — Assemble the potholder. 

• Stack the 2 squares with their right sides facing out. 

• Fold the hang tab piece in half. Insert its open ends between the 2 squares in a corner and 
pin in place. 

• Then pin around the perimeter of the potholder. 

Step 4 — Blanket-stitch the perimeter. 

• Thread your needle with embroidery floss and tie a double knot. Start a stitch to the left of 
the hang tab and about Vi" from the edge. Then pull the floss up and around in a loop, 
coming out at the same starting point. Thread the floss through the top of the stitch. 

• Stitch up and around, making a second stitch about W from the first. Before pulling the 
floss tight, bring the needle through the top of the stitch. 

• Continue stitching W from the previous stitch and bring the needle back through the loop 
before you pull the stitch tight. Stitch around the entire perimeter of the potholder in this 

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Step 5 — Finish with a running stitch. 

When you come back around to the hang tab, simply sew a running stitch through it. 
Secure the floss on the ends with a double knot and start using your new creation. 

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